The Quest for Stripes: The Rest of the Story
Well friends, it’s the third of January and I’m still a sergeant.
Yes, it’s true, no staff sergeant for me.
Turns out there was a problem with paperwork and being a couple weeks shy of eligibility.
My personnel people said “my bad” and that I’ll have to wait a few weeks. My only beef is this is the third time my chain has been yanked. The first was before Iraq when they said I would be eligible with an often-used waiver. That wasn’t true. The second time, they came to me during Iraq and asked if I wanted to get promoted, only to say I wasn’t eligible when I was preparing for the board.
This time, though, I made it through the whole process, through the board and everything, only to find some snag in my eligibility again.
The added caveat to the situation is now I have less than a year left before I exit the Army. To make E6 you have to have at least a year left. Since I would have to reapply for promotion and wait another period of time, I’d be short.
So no more stripes for me, I’m afraid. At least they let me keep the ones I have. It’s pretty much the clinching deal to motivate me to leave when my time is through. Not that this alone drove me to run, screaming; but it’s indicative of my entire Army experience. I’ll let someone else be “hooah” for a bit.
But not to fear, there’s still a good chance that I’ll get snagged for another tour of Iraq, so all that “planned exit time” gig is moot. That does mean another volume of pithy posts. I’ll keep you all posted on that business. The higher-ups are hashing through all that as we speak. Our president says there’s lots to do and lots more troops needed overseas.